CAR widows not paid pensions

2013-10-20 13:26
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Johannesburg - Seven months after the deaths of their partners in the Central African Republic, three Free State widows are still waiting for pension pay-outs.

According to the Sunday Times, the women’s husbands were among the 15 South African soldiers killed in the controversial battle earlier this year. Now penniless and faced with poverty, Juliet Majara, Liatile Letele and Nontsikelelo Khumalo said they were desperate and expressed disappointment over broken promises, including that of Free State premier Ace Magashule who allegedly assured them of adequate housing.

According to the defence force, pensions were meant to be paid out to families within two months.

A total of 15 soldiers were killed during a rebel attack in the CAR capital Bangui and 27 were wounded earlier this year. The South African troops were deployed to the CAR in terms of an agreement signed in 2007, according to which South Africa was to train the CAR's army.
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